Saturday, April 29, 2017

Closet Game Changer

Happy Saturday!! I don't know about you guys, but I am loving this warm weather. Yesterday was like insta-summer and it felt long overdue. Luckily, I just switched my clothes over for the season, so I was prepared. I always say that I'm going to get rid of things when I do the switch, but ultimately end up keeping more than I'd like. Do you switch your clothes over for spring/summer and fall/winter? Our house most definitely lacks closet space, so I don't have much of a choice.

Speaking of closets, I came across a game-changing article from Glamour yesterday. How's that for perfect timing? You can read it here. Or just stick with me and I'll break it down for you.

This is a 20-minute hack that will help you pare down your wardrobe and show you what you need to donate. No more agonizing over what to keep and what to get rid of. Sounds great, right? I decided to try it myself. This is our current closet.

As you can see, my husband and I split it. He's handy, so we created this tiered hanging system to get the most out of the space we have (not much!). We removed the dated, bi-fold closet doors that came with the house in favor of a curtain to allow us to easily access the entire space. We did this in all the bedrooms in our home. This way, we can use every inch surrounding the closet and naturally have... clothes hamper, bag hook, rarely used yoga mat. I still need to do something with my wedding gown and post-wedding dress hanging on the top left, but we'll save that for another day.

Back to the hack. Most likely, your hangers are currently facing this direction, with the open part facing the back of the closet. I have way too much crammed in here, so it will be nice to gain some room.

Now, you'll want to reverse the direction of all your hangers with the opening facing you, like this.

This already looks SO much better to me with the hangers neatly lined up. I guess I'm an organization nerd. 

Just dress as usual. When you rehang a piece, make sure the hanger opens toward the back again like the light blue and lilac hangers here. 

Revisit your closet in 6 months or a year (or whatever time frame makes sense to you) and pull anything with a hanger facing you. Read: pieces you haven't worn at all. 

I will say that there are some exceptions to this rule. If there are any special occasion pieces (not everyday clothing) that you'll wear for an event, keep. Or if you have something that just feels really special, keep. 

For example, I bought this dress for myself full price at the Guess store in Las Vegas (splurge!) on a girls' trip years ago with the intent of wearing it there. My friends and I didn't end up going out our last night because we were exhausted (the Vegas effect), so it's never been worn. 

I still love this dress, so she's staying. The delicate open weave combined with this color combo and chevron pattern is boho-chic heaven. Someday it will be worn. Girls' trip, anyone?

Only allow this type of keep for a select few items. This is my only sentimental keep so far.

In doing this, I also found some pieces I'd forgotten about. This camisole is a closet staple. How pretty is the button-and-bow detailing?

I also rediscovered this deco-patterned, stud-detailed vest, which I think I'll add to my spring rotation. 

This closet hack is a great way to take the guesswork out of paring down your wardrobe. It also helps you to rediscover old pieces that you can incorporate into your current looks. 

How easy is this and why haven't I done this sooner?? We'll revisit this in a few months to see my donate pile. You can keep me accountable.

Stay tuned for another room update and have a fantastic weekend!!


  1. The Vegas dress!! Seems like a good excuse for a girl's trip! ;) Great tip for closet organization! Maybe it will force me to wear more than three things. ha.

    1. Right? Let's plan! I just need a place dress appropriate ha! I generally stick to a uniform too... Gotta break that habit!